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BCYF Youth Advisory Committee

CLOSURES: All BCYF pools, gyms and fitness centers are closed.

PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS: All BCYF programming will be suspended by Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

YOUTH MEAL DISTRIBUTION: Select BCYF locations are meal pick-up sites only for students who rely on daily free breakfast and lunch provided by schools. You can learn more and find a location online.

The committee works to identify, discuss, and inform BCYF leadership on youth issues and programming.

We established the committee in September 2014. Members get the knowledge and skills needed to help their communities. BCYF community center members — ages 14-17 — make up the committee.

Contact us

For more information about the BCYF Youth Advisory Committee, please call 617-635-4920 or email Joan Lanigan at

What happens at the committee

Teens on the committee make positive changes in their neighborhoods through projects and volunteering.

Committee efforts include:
  • volunteering at City events, such as the Elderly Commission’s New Year’s event and the BCYF Citywide Swim Championship
  • attending a service day at the American Red Cross Food Pantry
  • attending a service leadership trip
  • providing a youth voice for projects at many organizations. Groups have included Urban Edge, The Mobility Project, and the Mass. Department of Mental Health, and
  • planning and putting in place events and programs for youth across Boston.